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Sugar and Spice Popcorn

Sugar and Spice Popcorn - Cinnamon, Sugar and Nutmeg add an extra dimension to buttered popcorn

by Barbara Kiebel on June 13, 2011

It’s time for the monthly ‘Secret Recipe Club‘ I’m a part of and I’m the first to admit it may look like I took the easy way out of this effort. Not my intent at all, it just turned out to be the perfect opportunity to share something simple I love.

It’s no secret…I love popcorn. Well that might be something you don’t know actually, but I love sleazy, greasy movie popcorn even. So having a chance to share another blogger’s charming post and provide readers with this simple popcorn recipe combining freshly popped corn with butter, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg turned out to be timely. It might be a stretch to call this a ‘recipe’ but it is…and it’s another from many that I love in the first cookbook I ever purchased after moving to Denver; the Junior League of Denver’s ‘Colorado Cache.’

This month I was assigned to do a post from The Friday Friends blog. The most current post when I went to check it out was for popcorn made on the grill. My first thought? I’ll have to dig for something a bit more complicated. Still, I was roped in at this straightforward method of preparing popcorn, it put a grin on my face and had me thinking…why not?

Old Fashioned Popcorn

a heavy pot
add some oil.  Just eyeball it.
add some popcorn.  Just eyeball it again
put the pot over the fire/heating element
shake until it pops and begins to push the top off
put in a big bowl
melt REAL butter and pour over the top
add salt to taste.

And that’s really all there is to making popcorn. Although I did it inside, not on my grill but that’s a great idea and one I’m sure I’ll put into action this summer. Isn’t this corn popper cute? I bought it for my daughter Lauren for Christmas. I have yet to let her actually have it though so as an aside? I promise sweetie, I finally got our favorite popcorn made for the blog and now…it really is all yours! I did not use the packet that came with the unit as I wanted to make sure what I made had no flavorings; so some fresh popcorn and a tiny bit of oil and this was SO easy. And now I want one for me! I got this from Amazon by the way if you want one too. Or if you want to buy one for me. :)

Though I found the popcorn a nice way to tie into something I’ve wanted to add to Creative Culinary, I did finish reading the post and I just loved it. While maybe a bit erratic…I mean we have popcorn, flooring and birds;  I found charm in the erratic and sort of felt I knew this person I was stalking blogging about. It helped that I also love watching (backyard) birds and while not a super active birder, I put out food and water and have some binoculars and the other day, a goldfinch landed on the feeder right outside my kitchen window. I was as excited as a school girl, albeit without a camera in her hand (bad blogger Barb!).

Although popcorn is so often made with more savory ingredients, this mix of butter with cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg is so good and so easy; our entire family has been hooked for 25 years; bet yours will be too!

Sugar and Spice Popcorn

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Serves 4-6

Add some sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg to your popcorn for a real treat.


  • 4 quarts popped corn - the recipe above is perfect, or use packages or do it on the stovetop...just get 8 cups of popcorn ready in whatever way works for special organic free range corn required!
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • ut popped corn into large bowl with enough room to mix ingredients.
  • Melt butter and add sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Stir until sugar is dissolved. Drizzle over popcorn and toss until well coated.


  1. Put popped corn into large bowl with enough room to mix ingredients.
  2. Melt butter and add sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Drizzle over popcorn and toss until well coated.

By the way…the Secret Recipe Club is not really a secret…anyone can join who has at least 60 posts to choose from. We’re each assigned a blog by the coordinator and we choose whatever recipe we want to make from the assigned blog…revisions absolutely allowed. The secret is that no one knows who is doing a dish from their own blog until the day of posting so it’s fun to see everyone’s take and yes, fun to see who does something of yours and how they treated it. Kindly I hope!

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1 Deeba July 21, 2011 at 10:26 am

I love popcorn too, but I’ve never seen one as delicious as yours! WOW…good for you Barbara. This is celebratory popcorn.
Deeba Most Recent Post: Baking| Apricot & Plum Cobbler … the Secret Recipe Club & a guest post


2 Creative Culinary July 24, 2011 at 5:13 pm

It’s simple too Deeba…what I love the most about it!


3 jess white June 23, 2011 at 3:55 am

These look great, and homemade popcorn is so much healthiet than cinema pots! sugar and spice? perfect!


4 Creative Culinary June 23, 2011 at 9:07 am

It is perfect. Not overdone at all but just a nice subtle yet evident finish. We love it!


5 Sanjeeta kk June 18, 2011 at 5:41 am

Love this sweet version of Popcorns! Happy to be a part of SRC and get to know you :) You have a lovely space and off to browse your recipes.


6 Creative Culinary June 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm

It has been a great experience getting to know a lot of new blogs hasn’t it? Thank you for visiting!


7 amanda @ fake ginger June 17, 2011 at 9:31 am

I really need to jump on the popcorn bandwagon – this looks fantastic! I’ve always been scared of doing it on the stove but you make it sound easy!


8 Creative Culinary June 17, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Really stovetop is easy. The key is to keep it moving. I’ve done it for years without a cute popcorn maker but for $20 I bought another one for myself! It has a contraption inside that as you turn the handle, these two sort of metal fingers sweep the bottom continuously, keeping kernels from burning. I love it!


9 Rachelle June 15, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I remember the first time I had popcorn cooked on the stove. It was HEAVENLY and so much better than the microwave variety. Now I can’t stand it any other way. :o)


10 Creative Culinary June 15, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Some convenience foods offer convenience over what? Easy? Because you are so right…so much better!


11 Megan's Cookin June 15, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I’m glad you picked popcorn. I love Kettle Korn and I’ve made caramel corn but I’ve never made it this way. So simple and I’m really lovin the added nutmeg. I’m a sucher for those warm spices. . I’ll be making me a batch of this soon, possible tonight!


12 Creative Culinary June 15, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Easier than it should be for how good it is. That makes sense right? :)


13 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction June 15, 2011 at 9:51 am

I love sweet and spicy popcorn… Fabulous!

PS – Just love those popcorn bowls. Makes me want to curl up on the couch (oh wait, I live on the couch right now!) and watch a movie. :)


14 Kris @Krazy_Kris June 14, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Oh MY! It has been a while!!!! I must track you down again on TW – such a lovely site sunshine! And I have been chopping a bit myself **proud grin** and even posting my adventures – hugs!


15 Creative Culinary June 15, 2011 at 8:52 am

Good for you Kris…you really have ‘come a long way baby!’


16 Kristen June 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I have a popper just like that. It sits on the counter because we use it so often. I am intrigued by the sweet, cinnamony topping. Can’t wait to try it.


17 Creative Culinary June 15, 2011 at 8:50 am

I had a popper like that but it really was a gift for my daughter. Which she promptly took as soon as I finished that popcorn! So…I ordered another one yesterday from Amazon. Just the perfect popper I can’t imagine not having it now!


18 Barb @ Mom's Fridge June 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I just found my popcorn popper, waaaaaaaaaaaaay back in a basement cabinet. Time to dig it out and make this popcorn!


19 Creative Culinary June 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Well, I am now without a popcorn popper. The kid came and took it away…so I’m buying one. That popper was perfect and not pricey either.


20 sweetsugarbelle June 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm

LOOKS WONDERFUL. You may think this is odd but my grandma used to add sugar to the oil and sprinkle with hot salt! I love popcorn like this!


21 Creative Culinary June 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Not odd at all…as a matter of fact the precursor to today’s penchant for salt/sugar. Think salted caramel right?


22 sweetsugarbelle June 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Exactly, with a little kick because she liked hot also =)


23 Jamie June 14, 2011 at 10:57 am

Mmmmm oh Barb… I love popcorn both salty and sweet and your sugar and spice PERFECT popcorn is calling my name. Okay, so I come to visit and you make a HUGE batch of this and we stay up late and watch old movies. Okay?


24 Creative Culinary June 14, 2011 at 11:05 am

Jamie, if you come to visit we will have popcorn, cakes, affogato and old movies and not sleep for days except to gain just enough sustenance to talk and eat and drink some more! Heaven.


25 Shelby June 14, 2011 at 4:30 am

Absolutely nothing wrong with popcorn! :)


26 Avanika [Yumsilicious Bakes] June 14, 2011 at 4:12 am

I love popcorn, and am always excited about new flavors. This one looks awesome, can’t wait to try it!


27 Móna Wise June 13, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Nice recipe for popcorn. We do a bit of popping here in our house too and the kids have come up with ‘inventive’ ways to flavour the kernels……


28 Creative Culinary June 14, 2011 at 11:07 am

Thanks Mona…once we started this, my kids were hungry for something each time…we have done a million variations on the theme ourselves!


29 Tami June 13, 2011 at 9:31 pm

We are popcorn lovers in my house, too! I couldn’t wait to click on this link to find out what the spice was going to be matched with sugar. Now I can’t wait to try this recipe!

This is the first time I’ve visited your blog…it’s so pretty! :)


30 Creative Culinary June 14, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Thanks so much Tami, glad you enjoyed the post and hope you’ll come back!


31 Tracey @ Kitchen Playground June 13, 2011 at 8:54 pm

I was messing around with popcorn this week, too! Made chocolate-covered popcorn … just to use up some leftover chocolate coating from making truffles. Your popcorn version sounds wonderful.


32 Creative Culinary June 14, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I do believe I would trade my version for your chocolate covered version. I am easy that way when it comes to chocolate!


33 Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen June 13, 2011 at 8:47 pm

It’s great that you’ve inaugurated your daughter’s popcorn popper in this lovely way! I think the flavors you used – cinnamon, nutmeg, butter – are just the yummiest…I can almost smell them from here! So glad to discover your blog from the Secret Recipe Club :-).


34 gnee June 13, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Great choice cause your right, everybody loves popcorn and yours looks delish!


35 Nelly Rodriguez June 13, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Yum, I’ve honestly never added flavors to my popcorn. Confession? I don’t like buttery popcorn at all. I like that plain, salted no butter popcorn. But yours might win me on :)


36 Julie June 13, 2011 at 7:13 pm

I love flavored popcorn. This looks delicious!


37 Lisa~~ June 13, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Loos delish and a great choice.


38 peggy June 13, 2011 at 6:33 pm

oh i don’t think you took the easy way out at all! This sounds so good!

And I’m so glad i received you as my “secret” blogger. i had a lot of fun perusing your site for something delicious (it was very hard to choose!) and I’ll definitely be back for more =)


39 Creative Culinary June 14, 2011 at 11:10 am

I’m so glad you did too Peggy; you did a great job when you decided on something I loved! Welcome; hope to see you again!


40 judee @ Gluten Free A-Z June 13, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Visiting from Secret Recipe Club. The popcorn recipe looks like a winner. So many people buy microwavable, when it is so easy to make..


41 Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies June 13, 2011 at 5:09 pm

This recipe sounds so good. What a great way to make a delicious batch of popcorn.


42 Paula June 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Butter of course but I would have never thought to add cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar to my popcorn! I love this idea and it is a recipe! Thank you for sharing it.

On a random note, I watched a robin take a bath in my bird bath yesterday and thankfully the camera was at hand. Too cute, only now I wish I had taken a video instead of still shots.


43 Creative Culinary June 14, 2011 at 11:11 am

I know…so simple right Paula. Not overpowering with either butter or the spices…just a nice little addition to some good popcorn and it is elevated to a great snack.


44 cooking rookie June 13, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Love this popcorn, and your corn popper :-)


45 Katie @ This Chick Cooks June 13, 2011 at 2:26 pm

What a cool recipe! I bet it would be fun to make popcorn on the grill.
PS- I host a recipe swap every Wednesday and I’d love to have you if you get a chance.


46 Rosa June 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Mmmhhh, that sounds lovely! Surely addictive…




47 Liz@HoosierHomemade June 13, 2011 at 11:59 am

What a great recipe! We have a baseball tourney this weekend, I bet the boys will love this snack!
Stopping by from Secret Recipe Swap!


48 sara June 13, 2011 at 11:40 am

Love the spices used on this one – I’m crazy for sweet popcorn like kettle corn, so this sounds right up my alley!


49 Nutmeg Nanny June 13, 2011 at 10:36 am

This looks amazing! I love homemade popcorn. Once you learn how to make it on the stove you will NEVER go back to the stuff in the bag. Delicious! I also love the addition of cinnamon and nutmeg…yum!


50 Tessa June 13, 2011 at 10:18 am

Cinnamon-sugar popcorn. Sounds great!


51 Winnie June 13, 2011 at 10:12 am

Simple and perfect. Who doesn’t love popcorn???


52 Feast on the Cheap June 13, 2011 at 10:05 am

I love this! Kettle Corn is one of my favorite snacks, but I love the addition of cinnamon and nutmeg….


53 working london mummy June 13, 2011 at 10:05 am

sounds delicious and quick. What lovely pictures too! must try


54 Angie--Bigbearswife June 13, 2011 at 8:49 am

I’ve only ever made popcorn from a bag, but I also LOVE popcorn. I’ll have to try this! Found this through the The Secret Recipe Club blog hop :)


55 Jason's BBQ Adventures June 13, 2011 at 7:48 am

Love a good flavored popcorn! This is one that I must try.


56 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies June 13, 2011 at 7:38 am

I’m addicted to faux-buttery movie theatre popcorn too. My husband hates it. He calls the butter you can add yourself “ming”. (British slang word for something gross.) But he doesn’t like normal butter on popcorn either. I think he just doesn’t like the feeling on his hands.

I can see why though, your family loves this recipe. I never thought to put cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar on popcorn as is – I would have headed straight to caramel making territory. But this sounds fantastic!


57 Karen Harris June 13, 2011 at 7:36 am

This looks wonderful. We are huge popcorn lovers around here so next movie night I’ll mix this up. Yum.


58 Debbie June 13, 2011 at 7:32 am

I love popcorn too! (imagine that)…..
Just got my new stove, so am hoping to get back into more food posts.
Just finished ‘Dying for Chocolate.’ It was great.
This was a fun idea…and fun to find your blog.


59 Dan June 13, 2011 at 7:28 am

The flavouring looks excellent. IMO, the whirly-pop-style pots do the best job at popping. Glad to see you’re using one as well!


60 Boulder Locavore June 13, 2011 at 6:43 am

I just read another post about the Secret Recipe Club and think it’s such a fun idea! I typically don’t flavor popcorn but this sounds great. I have had the same popper for some time. After growing up with the pot on the stove approach, and cycling through, electric poppers, hot air poppers, microwave poppers, this is the way to go for me. Fun post Barb (and I did get it on email).


61 Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy June 13, 2011 at 5:47 am

I love adding flavors to my popcorn – definitely going to try this one!


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